Chicago Bulls fans and NBA fans alike may have panicked when they saw Derrick Rose enter Team USA‘s practice at West Point in street clothes with his knees wrapped in ice, but there is no cause for concern when it comes to the health of the former MVP.
It appears it was nothing more than a scheduled day off and recovery day for Rose who is steadily returning from a torn meniscus. There is no reason to rush Rose along, and it is important for him to get rest before Team USA ramps up their schedule and heads to Spain for the World Cup after three friendlies with other international teams.
Head coach Mike Krzyzewski and the rest of the Team USA coaching staff, including Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau, are playing it smart and safe when it comes to Rose. They will likely continue to err on the side of caution and plan precautionary days of rest for Rose.
Rose recently made his triumphant return to the United Center in front of the hometown fans where he electrified the crowd, received a standing ovation and heard chants of “M-V-P” throughout the Madhouse on Madison. Rose said he feels great and has no soreness from the team’s exhibition game against Brazil on Saturday.
Rose scored seven points in 24 minutes of play but had to leave the game to receive treatment for a cut on his face in the first quarter. He returned and ran the length of the floor to hit a running floater to end the first half.
Next up, Team USA will play the Dominican Republic on Wednesday at Madison Square Garden where Rose will look to continue to impress and has to show that he is back to his explosive self.